If you’re reading this, then you must be getting married – Congratulations!

As someone who recently got married, I could go into every last detail about how I planned my perfect wedding – but my idea of the perfect wedding might be totally different to yours. So with that in mind, here are my top tips for planning a wedding that you’ll love.

The look and feel of your wedding
Start by thinking about what’s important to you. Is it having all your family present? Is it the look of your wedding or is it about enjoying great food and wine with your friends and family? Once you’ve made your decisions, stick to them (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!).

I wanted a winter, twinkly, warm and intimate wedding. This helped me to design the invitations, select the venue, the flowers, and pretty much everything else.

Write down your wedding day tasks
The more you tackle up front, the less stress you will experience closer to the time. Brainstorm every wedding detail that needs to be considered, who is responsible and dates for when each task needs to be completed.

‘To Do’ lists
The big stuff – wedding date, venue & catering, photographer, florist, dress, guest list, invitations etc.

Smaller things – guest book, waterproof mascara, something pretty to hang your dress on (for photos of your wedding dress hanging up, you don’t want a cheap plastic hanger featuring in every shot).

Order on the day
Once you have all the big things locked in, plan the timings for the day (a ‘run sheet’ if you like). It’s important to be realistic about the time it takes to get ready, travel to the venue, organise family photos and so on.

Ensure you have some time up your sleeve at every stage – you don’t want to be constantly watching the clock, because it will ruin your day. If you’re unsure, talk to people who have been through it themselves to get a feel for how much time to allow for each stage.

Circulate the plan to your MC and your bridal party so you can ensure everyone is on the same page. Include important contact numbers in case anything needs to be followed up on the day (such as the flowers, cars running late, or a missing groom).

Some final wedding tips
It’s a happy time for you and your family, so the more you plan in advance, the more relaxed you will be on the day itself.

The best piece of advice I was given was to put aside a few minutes with each other to reconnect and reflect on this memorable occasion.

Lastly, relax and enjoy the experience. It is, after all, your special day!

 

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